Chemmeen Thala Fry

Chemmeen Thala Fry is a special dish famous in Kerala which is prepared by Prawn heads with spices. Learn how to prepare Chemmeen Thala Fry.


  • Prawns Head Cleaned – 1 Kg
  • Turmeric powder – 1tspn
  • Chilly powder – 2tspn
  • Tamarind/Kodampulli – 2 (wash well)
  • Salt
  • Coconut oil – 2 tbspn
  • Curry leaves – 10


  • Clean the Prawns head, remove the yellow dirt which you can find inside its head. Keep it under tap water for a few seconds, it will be washed out.
  • Take an earthen curry pot/curry chatti. Cook Chemeen thala adding enough water (adequate water to cover the Prawn head), and along with all the Curry powders, Salt and Tamarind.
  • Boil it for 10-15 minutes until the Prawns completely absorbs the water.
  • Add coconut oil and curry leaves. Stir fry. Remove from heat. Spicy Chemeen thala fry is ready to serve!

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